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The biggest airports worldwide by passengers

vgwortThe largest airport in this ranking is the General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport in the United States. With 4271760 starts and landings in 2019 it belongs without doubt to the biggest airports worldwide. 34 airlines are starting here and fly to a total of 103 travel destinations. About 426 million passengers and 3,249.000 tons of cargo are moved annually.

The data given for passengers, movements and cargo are based on the years 2018 to 2019.
Order by:

PassengersCargoMovementsAirlinesLongest runwayDestinations


1.General Edward Lawrence Logan Airport
Boston, United States (BOS)
Passengers:
425.88 M
Cargo volume:
3,249,320 t
Movements:
4,271,760
Airlines:
34
Destinations:
103
Longest runway:
10,083 ft
2.Minneapolis-St Paul /Wold-Chamberlain Airport
United States (MSP)
Passengers:
395.55 M
Cargo volume:
2,286,830 t
Movements:
4,060,760
Airlines:
18
Destinations:
130
Longest runway:
11,006 ft
3.Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
United States (DTW)
Passengers:
367.69 M
Cargo volume:
2,134,950 t
Movements:
3,969,090
Airlines:
23
Destinations:
135
Longest runway:
12,003 ft
4.Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport
United States (FLL)
Passengers:
367.48 M
Cargo volume:
1,043,890 t
Movements:
3,314,470
Airlines:
25
Destinations:
97
Longest runway:
9,000 ft
5.Philadelphia Airport
United States (PHL)
Passengers:
330.19 M
Cargo volume:
5,511,120 t
Movements:
3,903,210
Airlines:
23
Destinations:
122
Longest runway:
10,506 ft
6.La Guardia Airport
New York, United States (LGA)
Passengers:
310.85 M
Cargo volume:
17,883 t
Movements:
3,733,560
Airlines:
15
Destinations:
70
Longest runway:
7,000 ft
7.Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport
United States (BWI)
Passengers:
269.93 M
Cargo volume:
2,267,950 t
Movements:
2,625,970
Airlines:
17
Destinations:
72
Longest runway:
10,502 ft
8.Salt Lake City Airport
United States (SLC)
Passengers:
268.08 M
Cargo volume:
2,011,770 t
Movements:
3,446,250
Airlines:
13
Destinations:
90
Longest runway:
12,004 ft
9.Vancouver Airport
Canada (YVR)
Passengers:
264.01 M
Cargo volume:
3,016,990 t
Movements:
3,314,410
Airlines:
31
Destinations:
75
Longest runway:
11,500 ft
10.San Diego Airport
United States (SAN)
Passengers:
252.17 M
Cargo volume:
1,556,620 t
Movements:
2,313,540
Airlines:
29
Destinations:
55
Longest runway:
9,401 ft
11.Washington Dulles Airport
United States (IAD)
Passengers:
246.86 M
Cargo volume:
2,733,850 t
Movements:
2,850,420
Airlines:
39
Destinations:
126
Longest runway:
11,501 ft
12.Ronald Reagan Washington Airport
United States (DCA)
Passengers:
239.13 M
Movements:
2,926,820
Airlines:
16
Destinations:
91
Longest runway:
6,869 ft
13.Tampa Airport
United States (TPA)
Passengers:
224.98 M
Cargo volume:
2,121,410 t
Movements:
2,173,600
Airlines:
23
Destinations:
68
Longest runway:
11,002 ft
14.Daniel K Inouye Airport
Honolulu, United States (HNL)
Passengers:
217.36 M
Cargo volume:
5,452,270 t
Movements:
3,268,320
Airlines:
26
Destinations:
51
Longest runway:
12,300 ft
15.Chicago Midway Airport
United States (MDW)
Passengers:
208.45 M
Movements:
2,320,840
Airlines:
10
Destinations:
74
Longest runway:
6,522 ft
16.Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport
Montréal, Canada (YUL)
Passengers:
203.05 M
Cargo volume:
1,264,240 t
Movements:
2,369,080
Airlines:
31
Destinations:
93
Longest runway:
11,000 ft
17.Portland Airport
United States (PDX)
Passengers:
198.91 M
Cargo volume:
2,879,430 t
Movements:
2,383,840
Airlines:
16
Destinations:
57
Longest runway:
11,000 ft
18.Nashville Airport
United States (BNA)
Passengers:
182.73 M
Movements:
2,349,640
Airlines:
14
Destinations:
47
Longest runway:
11,030 ft
19.Calgary Airport
Canada (YYC)
Passengers:
179.58 M
Cargo volume:
1,556,360 t
Movements:
2,286,280
Airlines:
16
Destinations:
59
Longest runway:
14,000 ft
20.Austin Bergstrom Airport
United States (AUS)
Passengers:
173.44 M
Cargo volume:
858,780 t
Movements:
2,097,260
Airlines:
19
Destinations:
42
Longest runway:
12,248 ft
21.Dallas Love Field
United States (DAL)
Passengers:
167.80 M
Movements:
2,318,790
Airlines:
8
Destinations:
24
Longest runway:
8,800 ft
22.St Louis Lambert Airport
United States (STL)
Passengers:
158.79 M
Movements:
196,405
Airlines:
16
Destinations:
60
Longest runway:
11,019 ft
23.Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Airport
United States (SJC)
Passengers:
156.50 M
Movements:
2,071,110
Airlines:
15
Destinations:
29
Longest runway:
11,000 ft
24.William P Hobby Airport
Houston, United States (HOU)
Passengers:
144.55 M
Movements:
2,051,150
Airlines:
9
Destinations:
49
Longest runway:
7,602 ft
25.Raleigh Durham Airport
Raleigh/Durham, United States (RDU)
Passengers:
142.19 M
Cargo volume:
957,260 t
Movements:
2,216,260
Airlines:
19
Destinations:
39
Longest runway:
10,000 ft
26.Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport
United States (MSY)
Passengers:
136.45 M
Airlines:
33
Destinations:
39
Longest runway:
10,104 ft
27.Metropolitan Oakland Airport
United States (OAK)
Passengers:
133.78 M
Cargo volume:
5,870,150 t
Movements:
2,427,570
Airlines:
12
Destinations:
34
Longest runway:
10,000 ft
28.Sacramento Airport
United States (SMF)
Passengers:
131.73 M
Cargo volume:
1,125,440 t
Airlines:
14
Destinations:
28
Longest runway:
8,601 ft
29.Kansas City Airport
United States (MCI)
Passengers:
117.96 M
Cargo volume:
961,590 t
Airlines:
15
Destinations:
43
Longest runway:
10,801 ft
30.Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport
United States (ATL)
Passengers:
110.53 M
Cargo volume:
6,402,760 t
Movements:
904,301
Airlines:
37
Destinations:
217
Longest runway:
11,890 ft


Airports Council International

The Airports Council International (ACI) is an umbrella organisation consisting of 641 members that deals with all aspects of airport management. Of these 641 members, a total of 1953 airports are operated in 176 countries (as of January 2018). This also includes all major airports worldwide. In monthly and annual reports, the ACI publishes the traffic figures for passengers and freight traffic of its members with a 12-month delay. The official figures for 2020 will therefore only be available at the beginning of 2022 and will also be limited to the top 30 places.

In total, there are 61 airports with a passenger volume of over 25 million per year, which the ACI classifies as major airports. Of these, around one third are located in North America and one quarter in Europe. The rest is spread across Asia, Australia and South America. None of the major airports are located in Africa.

IATA and ICAO codes

Airport The best known airport abbreviations are the 3-digit letter combinations of the IATA. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an association of around 280 airlines worldwide. The airports themselves are not members in the strict sense, but there are several hundred strategic partnerships between IATA and airports, the aviation industry, public authorities and also travel agencies and suppliers.

The aim of IATA is the international development of safe and economical air traffic. This includes above all the creation of standards such as ticket or booking systems. For example, it handles the booking and invoicing of over 400 million airline tickets every year.

The IATA codes are issued for airports (e.g. "SFO" for San Francisco), airlines (e.g. "LH" for Lufthansa) and aircraft types (e.g. "388" for an Airbus A380-800). The letters of an airport code usually have a connection with the name of the city. Only at very large airports does IATA assign a code that is not based on the city or region, but on the name of the airport. These are for example LHR (London Heathrow) or CDG (Charles de Gaulle).

A major drawback of the IATA codes is the limited selection of 3-digit codes, which means that codes are assigned again after some time. Since IATA only issues an official list for a four-digit fee, several Internet services are involved in collecting these codes. Unfortunately, this always leads to the listing of new codes and thus to apparent duplicates.

A further organisation of international air traffic is the "International Civil Aviation Organisation" (ICAO), which is a special organisation of the United Nations (UN) and also assigns its own codes for airports, airlines and aircraft types. Unlike IATA codes, however, normal passengers rarely come into contact with ICAO codes. They are mostly used by pilots and air traffic control. They are recognisable by their 4 letters, which gives them the advantage over the IATA codes that considerably more combinations are possible and there is no multiple assignment of the same code. Their more systematic structure also makes it possible to identify where an airport is located. The first two letters stand for the region and the country.

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